Synopses & Reviews
Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sport sociology course. Taking a global, issues-oriented approach to the study of the role of sport in society, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills.
About the Author
Jay Coakley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He received his Ph.D and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Sociology and received his B.A. from Regis College (Denver). He is published in a wide range of journals and has edited several books including the Handbook of Sports Studies with Eric Dunning for Sage Publications, and given many presentations around the world. He has served on the editorial board for the Sociology of Sport Journal where he was editor for many years. He is currently on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Table of Contents
1 The Sociology of Sport: What is it and why study it?
2 Using Social Theories: How can they help us study sports in society?
3 Studying the Past: Does it help us understand sports today?
4 Sports and Socialization: Who plays and what happens to them?
5 Sports and Children: Are organized programs worth the effort?
6 Deviance in Sports: Is it out of your control?
7 Violence in Sports: How does it affect our lives?
8 Gender and Sports: Does equity require ideological changes?
9 Race and Ethnicity: Are They Important in Sports?
10 Social Class: Do Money and Power Matter in Sports?
11 Sports and the Economy: What Are the Characteristics of Commercial Sports?
12 Sports and the Media: Could They Survive Without Each Other?
13 Sports and Politics: How Do Governments and Globalization Influence Sports?
14 Sports in High School and College: Do Varsity Sport Programs Contribute to Education?
15 Sports and Religion: Is It a Promising Combination?
16 Sports in the Future: What Can We Expect?